This Green Tara statue depicts her wearing the crown and jewels of a Bodhisattva. The crown, jewels and details of her robe are decorated with colorful stones. The color turquoise is a special combination of blue and green. Indeed, blue signifies the purity of the Buddhas and green symbolizes her readiness to act. She wears it well and will inspire all those who lay their eyes on her statue. Furthermore, the large red stone in the center of her crown pays tribute to Amitabha Buddha.
Additionally, she sits on a single lotus pedestal and there is a vajra symbol carved onto the palm of each hand. Vajra is a Sanskrit word that translates as “diamond or lightening bolt” in English. Click here to read more about the rich symbolism of our Green Tara statue.
Features of a Monastic Quality Green Tara Statue
Green Tara sits in open posture with one leg partially extended. This is an important aspect of the statue and symbolizes her readiness to rise to the assistance of her devotees. Additional, symbols include the two lotus flowers that are growing over her shoulders.
The unopened lotus flower over her left shoulder represents what awaits devotees who diligently practice the Dharma. If so, the fruits of Nirvana will blossom before them. Additionally, the blossoming lotus over her right shoulder shows devotees the rewards of perfect practice and the subjugation of mundane desire.
The right hand of Green Tara is open faced and depicts the Varada “gift giving” mudra. Also, her left hand is open faced in front of her chest which symbolizes her unwavering dedication to her devotees. Additionally, her left hand depicts the Abhaya “protection and fearlessness” mudra. As such devotees are encouraged to try new things and overcome all obstructions to their spiritual realization.